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Portrait of Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes

European Art

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In their formal full-length portraits, Old and New World elites proudly defined themselves through their things. The colonial Peruvian nobleman Tadeo Bravo de Rivero sat for Francisco de Goya y Lucientes wearing the brilliant scarlet uniform of a cavalry officer. The medal of the chivalric Order of Santiago displayed on his lapel points to one of the ways that Creoles (American-born Spaniards) elevated their rank within the empire’s social and racial hierarchy. At the officer’s feet is a dog, the traditional symbol of fidelity, suggesting the subject’s devotion to his king.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Spain
  • DATES 1806
    DIMENSIONS 81 1/2 × 45 11/16 in. (207 × 116 cm) frame: 91 × 58 × 4 in. (231.1 × 147.3 × 10.2 cm)  (show scale)
    INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed, lower left: "Dn. Tadeo Bravo de/Rivero por su amgo. Goya/1806"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828). Portrait of Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, 1806. Oil on canvas, 81 1/2 × 45 11/16 in. (207 × 116 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam, 34.490 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 34.490_SL1.jpg)
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